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20-May-2016 16:50 IST
WCD Ministry and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sign MoC for technical support to strengthen the nutrition programme in India

ICT based real-time monitoring of ICDS services is the first step towards eliminating malnutrition: Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi

The Ministry of Women and Child Development , Government of India, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) today to provide technical support at the National and State level for strengthening the delivery of nu

The Ministry of Women and Child Development , Government of India, and the  Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation  signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) today  to provide technical support at the National and State level for strengthening the delivery of nutrition goals, especially during pre-conception, pregnancy and first two years of life. Further, the Gates’ Foundation will support an enhanced framework of collaboration in Information and Communication Technology enabled Real Time Monitoring (ICT-RTM) of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and technical support on nutrition.

 

The MoC was signed by Shri V. Somasundaran, Secretary, Ministry of Women & Child Development and Shri Nachiket Mor, Country Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation  in the presence of  Minister of Women and Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in New Delhi today.

 

 

Improving the health and lives of women and children in India, by strengthening nutrition programs in order to promote their holistic development is one of the topmost priorities of the Government. In sync with this focus, the four priority areas of work as part of this MoC would include:

 

 

 

 

Development and deployment of ICT solutions for improving and strengthening

ICDS Service Delivery System.

Support Ministry of Women & Child Development in developing a shared national communications campaign for maternal and child nutrition among target populations.

Provision of technical support for the National Nutrition Mission, Restructured ICDS Systems Strengthening and Nutrition Improvement Project (ISSNIP) and Restructured ICDS through a Technical Support Unit at the national and state level for strengthening their capacities to deliver nutrition especially during pre- conception, pregnancy and first two years of life.

Technical support and Knowledge management support to strengthen human resourccapabilities at varioulevels  in order to  deliver effective  nutrition interventions.

 

 

 

 

This collaboration will strengthen the governments restructured ICDS Systems Strengthening and  Nutrition ImprovemenProject  (ISSNIP) and  National Nutrition Mission, with a focus on technological innovation, sharing best practices and use of data and evidence to enhance performance at the national and state level.

 

Smt Mane ka Sanjay Gandhi, while appreciating the collaboration with the Gates’ Foundation, stated that ICT based real-time monitoring of ICDS services is only the first step towards eliminating malnutrition. The services including the supplementary nutrition provided needs to be standardized and the Ministry is working towards it, the Minister added.

 

Commenting on the partnership, Shri V. Somasundaran, Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, said, We recognize the neeto  strengthen our maternal and  chilnutrition efforts, while  also  enhancing monitoring and technology leveraged solutions in improving the service delivery system of ICDS. We are committed to advancing our goal of improving maternal and child nutrition in the country, and use of appropriate technology tools that enable the same, and view the Gates Foundation as an active partner in achieving progress. This MoC will provide an appropriate platform to develop the partnership.

 

Mr. Nachiket Mor ,  India  Count r y  Dir e ct or  of  t he  Bill  &  Melinda  Gates Foundation, said, At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation our vision is for all women and children to have the nutrition they need to live healthy and productive lives so that they can reach their full potential. Placing women and children at the heart of Indias development agenda is critical in ensuring our economic and social progress. Through this MoC we reaffirm our continued commitment to partner the government to achieve its national nutrition goals.

 

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